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Struggling life of dairy farmers during lockdown

National Desk
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Struggling life of dairy farmers
Local desert shops were the regular customers of dairy products. However, the sweets shops are now closed, during the ongoing lockdown.

So, some are travels everyday to Old Dhaka and tries to sell their product, even at considerably lower price.

Experts recommended immediate cash incentives for farmers and urged processing companies to turn their dairy produce into powdered milk to keep the sector afloat

The ongoing countrywide lockdown has made things worse for the milk producers have already been suffering from poor sales due to a slump in local consumption.

According to local sources, the shutdown has left them staring at huge financial losses as a large amount of milk going unsold each day. In some areas, the price of milk is cheaper than water while farmers are also finding it hard to procure cattle feed.

Experts recommended immediate cash incentives for farmers and urged processing companies to turn their dairy produce into powdered milk to keep the sector afloat.

On the other hand, noted milk processing companies also claimed to be in trouble as the market has shrunk due to the shutdown.

Sources said cattle rearing is the main source of income for thousands of families.

Some locals said most of the people in char areas earn their living from the sale of dairy product.

But they do not get the fair price of milk now, they claimed.

Ziaur Rahman Lincon and his brother Zillur Rahman, owners of a Dairy Farm, gave a vivid picture of the current plight of dairy farmers. They have cut in half the food for their livestock.

They also said the farmers are facing many different problems. Earlier, they used to supply milk mostly to sweet shops. Those shops are now closed.

They added, They tried to sell some milk in some other shops in urban areas but the price has dropped drastically.

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